Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Microbial Biofilms

Microbial Biofilms


Part of Biotechnology Research

  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521542128

£ 43.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • The formation of microcolonies on surfaces is an important bacterial survival strategy. These biofilms occur on both inert and living systems, making them important to a wide range of scientific disciplines. This book first provides an analysis of the chemical, ecological and physical processes involved with the development of biofilms and their interactions with surfaces. The next section deals with biofilms on non-living surfaces. Biofilms have important engineering implications, such as in mining industries, the corrosion of pipelines and pure and waste water industries. Biofilms have medical significance when associated with the mouth, urinary tract and urinogenital tract. In addition, they form in plant root systems and in animals, such as the ruminant digestive tract, and so are agriculturally important. The final section examines these interactions with living surfaces.

    • Written by recognised international experts
    • Covers biochemical, ecological, industrial, and medical aspects
    • First major book on biofilms
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Each chapter is well-referenced and the book is attractively bound and presented. I can recommend it as a worthwhile addition to any research group interested in pursuing the biofilm concept.' P. A. Lambert, The Journal of Medical Microbiology

    ' … provides a valuable update on earlier biofilm texts.' Society for General Microbiology

    'The book will be a valuable aid in the many areas of pure and applied science and in industry where biofilms are of importance.' J. Makk, Acta Botanica Hungarica

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521542128
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 137 b/w illus. 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Structure, Physiology and Ecology of Biofilms:
    1. The formation of microcolonies and functional consortia within biofilms
    2. Dynamics of bacterial biofilm formation
    3. Cultivation and study of biofilm communities
    4. Genetic responses to bacteria at surfaces
    5. Biochemical reactions and the establishment of gradients within biofilms
    6. Mechanisms of the protection of bacterial biofilms from antimicrobial agents
    Part II. Biofilms and Inert Surfaces:
    7. Biofilm development in purified water systems
    8. Mineralized bacterial biofilms in sulphide tailings and in acid mine drainage systems
    9. Biofilms and microbially influenced corrosion
    10. Microbial consortia in industrial waste water treatment
    11. Heterogeneous mosaic biofilm - a haven for water borne pathogens
    Part III. Biofilms on the Surfaces of Living Cells:
    12. The rhizosphere as a biofilm
    13. Biofilms of the ruminant digestive tract
    14. The immune response to bacterial biofilms
    15. Bacterial biofilms in the biliary system
    16. Biofilm-associated urinary tract infections
    17. The role of the urogenital flora in probiotics
    18. Dental plaque.

  • Editors

    Hilary M. Lappin-Scott, University of Exeter

    J. William Costerton, Montana State University

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.